Toes need to work when surfing. In fact my surfing instructor in Waikiki had such a strong big toe, he planted it on my long board and paddled me out to speed the process. My right foot toes hurt afterward because of a bone-on-bone bunion condition. Prolonged walking hurts, too, and last Wednesday I had a bunionectomy. While healing, I’m doing foot rotations that don’t include the toe joint, and with the foot elevated on a coffee table I’m doing sit-ups and stretches.
Normal foot function is vital to good health. I was one of those people who’d become accustomed to foot pain, but it eroded my enthusiasm to take long walks. My salvation has been lap swimming. I will be able to swim again in a couple of weeks. Because my husband wants to go to Italy next summer, I decided to seek bunion removal with Dr. Edward Chin in my hometown of Irvine, CA.
Prior to this, Dr. Chin gave me a professional fit me with orthotic shoe inserts. Each foot is unique and must be evaluated for specific criteria. After trying this method and getting some relief, I opted to go all the way, ha ha, for surgical correction, and Dr. Chin evaluated the arthritic growth of tissue and the deforming forces that created it which was wearing high heels for thirty years! Determining how to counterbalance and restore function to my foot, Dr. Chin’s surgical procedures are complex. In my case two incisions were made, one to shave off the abnormal bony growth, and the second to place pins in the joint having absolutely no cartilage. Yesterday daughter Janice took me to see Dr. Chin, and when unwrapping and applying new dressings, I saw that the ugly bunion was gone. Yes, all gone. I’m keeping my foot elevated on the desk while working at the computer.